How many sessions are there per year?
We organize two sessions per year. One in the Spring and one in the Fall. The ESSL hosts a summer camp locally. Our Genoa program also held our first Winter Clinic in 2017.
How do I register my child(ren)?
We are pleased to announce that all of our registrations and payments are handled online! You never have to guess when your check will be cashed. Registration is located here with step-by-step instructions. Once you create your profile and enter your child(ren), it will be saved for future seasons. The online system is the most secure you can get (same security level as Amazon!) In the event you choose NOT to register or pay online, there is an additional $5 fee required when you mail or drop off your registration. This fee is what our online database company charges us to manually enter your information. There is a very small fee to register online; however, our league dropped registration prices starting with the Fall 2017 season. The price drop is more than the processing fee. The U06 Division price dropped from $33 to $30; the U08-U14 Divisions prices dropped from $43 to $40; and those with 3+ children registering had their price dropped from $115 to $110. You are saving time AND money each season by registering online! Registration fees cover SAY & ESSL participation fees, Accidental Injury Insurance, Referee Costs, Volunteer Background Checks, Tournament Participation Fees, and End-of-Year Bowling Party (Fall).
In the event that you volunteer to be a coach, you will register online and pay for your child(ren). Once all registrations have been submitted and we know how many coaches we need (around the registration deadline), we will follow up with you to finalize our list of coaches. At that time, you will receive a full reimbursement of your registration costs! Yes, that's right, our coach's child(ren) play for FREE! We appreciate our coaches and volunteers, and this is our way of saying thank you!
* Please note it is only the Head Coach who receives a free coaches shirt, and only the child(ren) of the Head Coach who play on that team who will play for free.
When are the start dates?
These dates vary year to year. Please check the current registration form for the correct dates.
When are practices held?
Practices will begin 2-3 weeks prior to the beginning of the season. The day of the week, time and number of practices will be determined by your child’s coach.
When are games played?
Games will be played during the week and on the weekends as scheduled by your coach.
Where are practices held & games played?
U8 Girls and all U10-U14 games and practices are held at the Clay Center soccer fields on Genoa-Clay Center Rd. U8 Boys and all U6 games and practices are held at Allen Township Fields.
How are age groups determined?
Age groups are determined by SAY soccer. The ESSL adopted the new Gold Age Matrix for the Fall 2017 season and divisions will now go by birth year.
U06 (Under 6) Ages 6 and under (children born between January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2014).
U08 (Under 8) Ages 8 and under (children born between January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011).
U10 (Under 10) Ages 10 and under (children born between January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2009).
U12 (Under 12) Ages 12 and under (children born between January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2007).
U14 (Under 14) Ages 14 and under (children born between January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2005). *Spring season only; Fall likely will bump up to January 1, 2004*
*Players move up to the next division during the Spring season.
May I move my child up an age group?
ESSL has adopted a new guideline as follows:
The ESSL recognizes there are times and conditions under which players need to be moved in an age group that is greater than their attained age. With the goal of recognizing the issues of player safety and maintaining recreational status we will follow these guidelines:
All requests to move players up will be brought to the Draw Meeting and reported to the Board Members present. The ESSL reserves the right to deny any request to move a player up. Consideration will be given to the following reasons for playing up:
May I move my child down an age group?
No. SAY guidelines read that all players must play at their age group, or above when approved by the ESSL Board.
How are teams formed?
Teams are formed in the following way:
The teams are balanced as close as possible to ensure each team has the equal amount of players of each age. For example, a U8 team equal number of 6 and 7 year olds as every other U8 team.
How does the jersey system work?
The U06 Division will continue to get a different color t-shirt jersey each season with their registration as all teams in this division play locally against other Genoa teams. However, several communities within our league have switched to a jersey system with their U08-U14 teams. The way that it works is you buy a nice jersey the first season and your child continues wearing that same jersey each season until they outgrow it. This helps eliminate buying similar jerseys every season, and it helps us to keep registration costs low.
Due to great financial stewardship by the Board, there will be no 'jersey fee' as we transition to this system during the Fall 2017 season! Once you receive your jersey in the Fall (order a little larger so it lasts longer), you will keep that jersey until you need to buy a new one. Starting with the Spring 2018 season, there will be a jersey fee of $20 at the time of registration. This will be for any new players into the program, children promoting from the U6 Division, those who lost their jersey, or need to order a bigger size. Again, as our way of saying "thank you" to our soccer community, there is no jersey fee for the Fall 2017 season!
What happens if my child is injured?
In the event of an injury that requires medical treatment notify your coach immediately. Once the coach is notified he/she will need to fill out an injury report form and return it to GARS. It will then be forwarded to SAY soccer and they will make contact directly with the parents of the injured player. All players are covered with accident insurance and this insurance serves as a secondary coverage unless no other insurance is available.
What if I register my child and then they decide not to play?
If you register your child to play and then he/she changes their mind you may be eligible for a refund, depending on when you notify the GARS:
How long do the games last?
How many players are on the field?
What size ball does each division use?
Are there local or state tournaments?
There are tournaments at both the local & state level at the end of the Fall season only.
Fall 2017 ESSL dates are October 21-22 (Boys) and October 28-29 (Girls) @ Oregon Rec.
Fall 2017 State Tournament dates are November 11-12 (Boys) and November 18-19 (Girls).